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Points off rebounds, turnovers help PC knock off Bulldogs

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By Larry Goffinet

LEOPOLD—Perry Central had a cold perimeter shooting night but used points off turnovers and offensive rebounds to beat Cannelton 68-48 in boys basketball Friday.

A 65-year-old doctor made 39 of 50 three-point shots at halftime. But the Commo-dores, who were in the lockerroom at the time and thus unable to get inspired by him, hit only 2 of 19 from behind the arc.

They outrebounded Can-nelton 41-27, though, and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds, which “probably led to at least 15 points or so,” said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter.

They also forced 29 Cannelton turnovers, including 14 on steals.

They scored nine points in transition directly off steals and got several other points in their half-court offense after turnovers.

“We did a pretty good job in the passing lanes,” said Carter. “But we didn’t get as much off our press as we could have. We let the ball get to the middle of the floor way too easy.”

Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett said his team’s turnovers were “indicative of playing in a hurry. There’s a difference between playing fast and playing in a hurry.

“We want to play fast and get the ball up and down the floor. But we also have to realize if there’s not a layup there, we’ve got to pull it out.

“We also made turnovers trying to throw it over the top.”

As for Perry Central’s high number of offensive rebounds, Garrett said, “That’s just from not finding guys on the weak side. We don’t elevate enough to just go after the ball—we’ve got to block out.”

With both teams wanting to play at a fast pace, the game got sloppy at times, with 50 turnovers, including Perry Central’s 21, and 38 fouls.

The fouls also kept some top players on the bench for key stretches.

Senior forward Reuben A. Schwartz scored Perry Central’s first six points on two open 14-foot baseline shots and a drive but went to the bench just 2:45 into the game with his second foul.

Cannelton tied the score 15-15 on a 15-footer by Bobby Roberts with seven minutes left in the second quarter.

Schwartz then returned and scored nine points, including two rebound baskets, in five minutes to give the Commodores a 27-22 lead.

They led the rest of the way, expanding their lead to 49-35 in the third quarter.

Alex Rogier and Ian Hahus each hit a three-point shot in that quarter after the Commodores started 0 for 12 from that range.

Schwartz finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and three steals to lead the Commodores in all three categories despite sitting out 11 minutes in foul trouble.

“If he can stay on the floor, it obviously makes us better,” said Carter. “He’s an active player so he’s going to get two or three fouls a game just playing. But he’s got to run and defend without making silly fouls, like a reach-in 30 feet from the basket.”

Schwartz did have a tough defensive assignment most of the time, guarding Tyler Aud.

Aud led Cannelton with 16 points, including hitting 4 of 8 three-point shots. But he made only 1 of 9 from two-point range.

“We didn’t do a bad job on him for the most part,” said Carter.

Justin Dooley added 12 points and a team-high six rebounds for the Bulldogs. Cody Lawalin contributed 11 points and five assists.

Rogier scored 16 points for Perry Central to back Schwartz. Hahus added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Perry Central improved to 1-1 while Cannelton fell to 1-4.

Cannelton will host South Spencer Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Perry Central will visit Wood Memorial Friday at 8 p.m.